A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY
More goods and people cross the US-Mexico border each day than any other border in the world, and millions celebrate relationships of family and friendship that span the international boundary. Friendship Park sits adjacent to the San Ysidro Port of Entry—the largest land border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, and the fourth-busiest land border crossing in the world.
From the time the US-Mexico Boundary Commission first met at this location in 1849, at the end of the US-Mexico War, friends and family have met at Friendship Park to visit across the international boundary. Across this expanse of time, the park has been characterized by good will and an absence of violence. Criminal activity has been easily managed through conventional law enforcement practices, as it is at thousands of public parks across the United States.
The current restrictions on public access to Friendship Park make a mockery of the notion of international friendship which lay at the heart of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, and to which the surrounding Border Field State Park was dedicated by First Lady Pat Nixon in 1971.